Rocky Point Drive-In

115 North Country Road,
Rocky Point, NY 11778

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The Rocky Point Drive-In was located just north of Route 25A in Rocky Point. It was another UA owned theater.

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missthepoint on June 13, 2011 at 5:19 pm

robboehm – I’ve posted an entry as you suggested. Mainly about the drive-in, since that holds the most memories for me, last paragraph does pertain to the cinema but is lacking as I really do not recall much about the cinema.

robboehm on June 19, 2012 at 6:59 pm

The drive in closed in the 1980s. The driving range about ten years ago. The owner has made no effort to sell the property. Target has expressed an interest in building on the site but recent legislation bars new box stores on 25A. The developer has once last opportunity to appeal the ban which coincided with the upgrade of the 18 acre parcel from retail to recreational, a ruling which the owner had previously tried to overturn. In the past the NYS Court of Appeals rarely grants such motions. And so the pylon stands rotting in the midst of weeds, an unproductive eyesore.

robboehm on December 2, 2013 at 7:21 am

It’s official, no big box store on the site. It will be used for recreational purposes. Owner had tried to cut deals with Target, Lowe’s and Walmart but locals won out.

markp on December 3, 2013 at 5:14 am

robboehm, if I had the money, Id buy it and make it a drive in again.

robboehm on December 3, 2013 at 9:45 am

markp- I really don’t think drive ins have a place in our area at this time. PS Have you seen that great book “The American Drive-In Movie Theatre” by Don and Susan Saunders? A nice resource. I’m almost, just almost, ready to check out every drive-in they’ve documented against CT. But I do have a life. Walmart has about the best price on it and, at this time of year, if you do it online, there may be free shipping.

Also on Drive-Ins. The site similar to CT lists a drive in in Centereach, Long Island. I’ve yet to find any source of confirmation on this. ?????

robboehm on December 3, 2013 at 6:12 pm

I was speaking to the owner of the business just under the pylon for the drive in. He felt that Walmart or one of the other big box stores should have been permitted to build there to provide employment for the many graduating high school students along the 25A corridor. His opinion is contrary to the majority who want to prevent overdevelopment of the 25A corridor which is already the home to a dozen strip malls and a shopping center anchored by Kohl’s.

For some time the pylon has sported a new metal sign proclaiming “Rocky Point Drive In” in red and yellow which was erected by the owner to proclaim that this is a commercial site. Town of Brookhaven shot down that claim in a recent court case. To be continued.

robboehm on December 17, 2013 at 6:43 pm

If you do an online search for Rocky Point Drive In and scroll to a Topix site, the first four pictures are of the drive in when it was operational, including the illuminated pylon, cars in front of the screen and the back of the screen. I don’t think these can be linked.

robboehm on November 16, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Finally uploaded pictures of the “new” signage which I actually took almost a year ago.

missthepoint on November 17, 2014 at 11:52 am

Sad to see it in this state. I think it would be nice to see it restored as a “historic monument”.

robboehm on November 17, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Still better than when the pylon showed the golf range.

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